Arabsat used the Dubai CabSat show to sign an extension agreement with satellite capacity and services supply company Talia for extra transponders on Arabsat 5C which operates from 20 degrees East.
This multi-year agreement continues to strengthen the relationship between UK-based Talia and Arabsat. Talia will offer high-quality IP VSAT services in Ka band to Iraq, Kurdistan and Afghanistan that utilise the smaller, more affordable 74cm VSAT antennas.
The Middle East is already citied by the ITU as being the second least Internet connected region in the world with 58% of the population being off-line.
Alan Afrasiab, President and CEO of Talia Limited added; “Talia has operated high-quality VSAT and terrestrial services across these regions for the past 15 years. These new Ka band services complement our existing satellite coverage on Ku and C band. By using the Arabsat HTS Ka band platform we will bring new opportunities to the region with lower hardware costs and more affordable service fees. Utilising services such as this will give more people the opportunity to get online and help bridge the digital divide”.
Khalid Balkheyour, President/CEO at Arabsat cited “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Talia who are recognised worldwide for their reliable Satellite & Terrestrial Networks solutions. The demand for connectivity in this region has seen a continuous growth and this agreement will further cement our partners confidence in Arabsat to provide high-quality and reliable services.”